Men encouraged others to go to consult their GPs if they had any of the symptoms associated with prostate cancer, even though many of these symptoms are more likely to be associated with other less serious problems. When prostate cancer is diagnosed several men said that it was important to talk to family as well as doctors to get as much information as possible about conventional and complementary treatments. Some emphasised the importance of not being rushed into a decision since many cancers are very slow growing.
Advises that the PSA test is extremely worthwhile.
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Stresses how important it is to get support from the GP and family.
Stresses the importance of a positive attitude.
Advises people to get as much advice and information as they can.
Suggests that others should consider all types of treatment carefully.
‘Don’t panic’ was one message. There are several different treatments as well as the option of watchful waiting and men advised that it is important to reach one’s own decision because the suitability of a particular treatment differs from person to person. Some of those who had chosen surgery considered that the operation was not something that should cause alarm. More general advice was to avoid damaging behaviour such as smoking and stress and to remain active and positive. Some men suggested that there could even be a positive side to being diagnosed if it helps a man to reassess what is really important in life. Some mentioned the importance of raising awareness of prostate cancer and campaigning for more research funding.
Explains there are positive reasons for facing the prostate cancer rather than living in ignorance.
Advises people to set goals and keep fighting.
Explains why it is so important to increase awareness.